Getting Data In

Inputs.conf

Motivator

I have this in my inputs.conf

_whitelist=(\.log|log$|^messages|^secure|mesg$|cron$|acpid$|\.out)

Can anyone help me understand what are the " ^ " and the " $ " are used for?

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These are known as anchors. They do not match any characters, they match a position. ^ matches at the start of the string, and $ matches at the end of the string.

Be careful though. In multiline strings, they can also match the beginning or end of a line and the ^ inside a square bracket can be used as a not as in [^a-z] which means not the characters a to z

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These are known as anchors. They do not match any characters, they match a position. ^ matches at the start of the string, and $ matches at the end of the string.

Be careful though. In multiline strings, they can also match the beginning or end of a line and the ^ inside a square bracket can be used as a not as in [^a-z] which means not the characters a to z

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Yes the top line will match the words "messages", "secure" or "auth" anywhere in the file or folder name. The bottom will only match if it is at the beginning of the source.

As most sources start with the drive or a slash (i.e. c:\ or /), it is unlikely to match those.

Motivator

Thanks Bob,

I think I know what this is

can you tell me what the difference is in these two lines

whitelist=(\.log|log$|messages|secure|auth|mesg$|cron$|acpid$|\.out)

_whitelist=(\.log|log$|^messages|^secure|mesg$|cron$|acpid$|\.out)

These are on two different systems and I am not getting the same logs from both

Should I take out the " ^ " symbol?